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Miss Africa USA, finalist Yolanda Yona is in the country and carrying out various projects with young farmers as momentum gathers for the pageant slated for next month.

The 27-year-old model who has now become an international ambassador for Federation of Young Farmers Club Zimbabwe recently presented a $1 000 loan towards the business of Joyce Machinyu of Macheke.

“My project is meant to assist young female farmers to access resources, from financial and even training for the betterment of their work. It was in that respect that we assisted Joyce Machiya with the loan so that she could resuscitate her bakery. The condition for the loan was that she employs youths if her business excels,” she said.

The US-based model whose organisation, Dorcus Aid for Young Farmers, has been carrying out various charity projects in partnership with FYFCZ said her experience has taught her to see life from a different perspective.

“When I came here, winning the crown was the most important part of the pageant but from my experiences, I have since rearranged my priorities. I have spoken to people who are in need and I realise it is more important to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said.

Yona is also taking her FYFCZ ambassadorial roles seriously and has since pledged to reward the outstanding young farmers with educational trips overseas.

“As a way of motivating young farmers, I am working with my organisation to afford the outstanding farmer one week trip to New York next year. We will facilitate a programme for them to meet with professors and other agricultural experts in the United States,” she said.

Yona is currently in the Miss Africa US top 15 after shaking off competition from 30 other contestants at the semi-finals held in Washington DC in March.

Before entering the pageant, Yona was a budding model in Ukraine where she featured in fashion magazine, a movie and other pageants in the country.

Source : The Herald